21 Nov 2013

Renovation of Fruit Trees

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It is a good time to begin looking at old overgrown fruit trees now and decide on whether or not they are worth putting time into making them more productive, smaller or simply addressing health issues they may have.  I have always preferred early winter for the large pruning jobs such as those older trees that are in need of some serious large limb removal.  The reason for this is that the trees seem to recover better when they have a long recovery rate in dormancy.  It is also easier to recognize and deal with disease when you are in the branches of a leafless tree; allowing you to decide upon a strategy toward repair and treatment of such.  It is also a pleasant way to spend a winters day if the snow and rain are not prevalent!  In my opinion most of us do not get enough winter sunlight.  Trees that are dormant do not bleed sap when cut, healing over before the spring upsurge of nutrient bearing fluid.

Drastically reducing the infection time for wounds helps a tree recover with little stress to itself; although the period of dormancy may seem like nothing is happening the plant is still alive and working to breathe through its barks and limbs therefore slowly healing wounds made by pruning cuts.  The root base is growing strong and holding the tree against the might of some winter storms, even as the coolest weather begins.

Fruit woods are almost always hardwoods and are used in many types of woodwork but are mainly used in crafts and art carved or sawn into durable  and beautiful pieces.  I recently made a stone mallet out of a piece of apple wood, it serves to beat the stones making small adjustments to walls or patios without breaking the stones.  It is my belief that most fruit trees can be brought back to a nicely shaped and healthy tree from looking as though they are in demise.  Simply using a bit of observance and a knowledgeable approach we can enjoy succulent healthy fruit for a very long time!




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